Research Focus Areas

Built on the principles of scientific excellence and reciprocal collaboration

The Global Health Research Center establishes interdisciplinary, mutually-beneficial collaborative relationships with researchers from China and other low- and middle-income countries, and applies the latest research to important health problems.

The Global Health Research Center focuses its efforts in three areas:

Non-communicable Diseases
Non-communicable chronic diseases (NCDs) have rapidly become the largest health problem facing the world. In China, for example, over 80% of all deaths are caused by NCDs. Prevention and control of NCDs is an urgent global and national public health priority. The NCD research program of GHRC focuses on heart disease, stroke, hypertension, diabetes and common risk factors for these and other conditions such as tobacco use, unhealthy diet, inadequate physical activity, overweight/obesity, and mental illnesses. ... read more

Environmental Health
Following decades of rapid economic growth, environmental risk factors have become a major source of morbidity and mortality in China and other low- and middle-income countries. With improvements in economic status and lessons learned from the environmental policies and challenges faced by other nations, China has an opportunity to address its environmental health challenges and become an international leader in global environmental health. The Global Health Research Center undertakes studies on environmental health hazards and approaches for reducing them. For example, indoor air quality is a major issue in China because most of China’s rural population and a declining proportion of its urban population burn wood and coal for cooking and heating ... read more

Health Policy and Systems
The Chinese government has enacted health system reform in recent years to improve access to health care and meet the basic needs of over a billion people spread over a vast and diverse landscape.  As the country transitions to a market economy, the government of China aims to establish a health care system that serves all Chinese citizens and ensures their access to public health services and medical care through either social health insurance or government-supported health insurance schemes. This overhaul also includes improvement of health facilities, training of health personnel ... read more

Emerging Infectious Diseases
China has seen recent outbreaks of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), avian influenza, dengue fever, and severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome (SFTS). They are caused by viruses, and each have a complex etiology requiring interdisciplinary research approaches.  They all move from animals to infect humans.  Hence, health care workers and public health researchers must partner with veterinarians, wildlife professionals and even entomologists in understanding them. Food safety issues and the increase in antibiotic-resistant pathogens also require interdisciplinary research. With the rich collaborations of other academic partners from outside of Duke Kunshan University, we expect this Emerging Infectious Diseases research program,  ... read more